The Ewell’s were lucky enough they were white because the color of their skin was the only reason their words were able to overrule Robinson’s. Although Tom is the innocent one, there was no way of his side winning, even having one of the best lawyers, Atticus Finch. This creates an illusion because even though Atticus seemed he was going to win, with his strong points made in the courtroom, the Ewell’s were still stronger for the color of their skin. Atticus seemed to have had a lot of power because he was known as a great lawyer but even he knows there was no way of him winning the case. “Atticus said, “I just wanted to make sure, Judge,” and the judge smiled”(Lee 224).
Though he is criticized by some and his family is taxed by the situation, his decision to defend Tom was the wise thing to do. Yes, his family was mentally and physically changed by the incident, but he also changed Maycomb’s outlook on racism and destroyed the reputation of disgusting people. Sometimes casualties must be sustained to change something. Racism was a larger problem and drawbacks on his family were too little. “As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it—whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash”
In her mind, certain families are far more respectable than others, and the ‘poor’ ones should be avoided. Unfortunately, Alexandra’s mentality is remarkably similar to that of the town as a whole. Conversely, Atticus has a nearly opposite set of ideals. As the sole lawyer of the town, he has willingly decided to defend to case of Tom Robinson, a black man wrongly accused of rape by an infamously untrustworthy family. Though it is perfectly clear that Tom is innocent, in Maycomb, it is guaranteed that he will be charged with the crime simply because of his race.
This wonderful book had a couple main themes, but three of the biggest themes were racism, the importance of family, and poverty. The first theme is racism, which was shown throughout the entire book through different actions and different characters. One example of this was shown when Mama said, “seem like God didn’t see fit to give the black man nothing but dreams ⸺ but He did give us children to make them dreams seem worthwhile” (Page 1553).
We see the dangers Atticus succumbs his children to for defending a black man and the division it brings in his family; we see Mrs. Dubose’s physical and emotional challenges she endures because of her fight to end her painkiller addiction, and we even witness Boo Radley’s close call with the police. All acts of bravery, despite their challenges. At last, analogous to Martin Luther King when he decides to fight for black privileges and gets killed, the people who have the courage to stand for what is just, are just as cautious to every penalty that takes
Although, no one is the most trustworthy, or the most reliable person, but they all play a specific part in how the story comes together. The Jury of Tom Robinson’s court found him guilty even though he really wasn’t.(Lee 271-275 ) Let me elaborate on that idea a bit more, it doesn’t matter how hard a lawyer like Atticus tries to defend a black man like Tom Robinson when there is a slim chance that they will win especially in the South.(southern states especially), but in the end they have a choice to make. Bob Ewell despises Atticus for defending Tom Robinson. ( Lee 290 ) In the movie, and book we see Bob Ewell have a negative approach to Atticus, and his children especially when it comes to the end of both the movie, and in the book when he attacks Jem, and Scout, the reason behind that is because of what Atticus did in that courtroom.
Washington, author of ¨Atlanta Compromise Speech.¨ An example would be in paragraph 7; ¨The laws of changeless justice bind Oppressor with oppressed;... ¨ Due to the laws not changing from injustice to justice, black people might have never stopped being oppressed. Another example would be in paragraph 9; “It is important and right that all privileges of the laws be ours,... ¨ Even though white people have all privileges of the law, black people do not.
Coates reacts like any parent would, but he is threaten with the police just because he is black. He is tired to experience and see these injustices. He is trapped on his own black body as well as his son. Throughout the entire letter, I feel Coates' disappointment; anger; and sadness.
Anywhere you go someone will always be disapproving what you do or what you wear, even what you look like. In the book To Kill A Mockingbird the author wants us to believe that racism plays a big role in our life, also because of someone's color they may be looked to because of their color in a crime, or just because they are themselves. (blackoncampus) A African-American football player wrote a letter to the principal/office
In August Wilson’s playwright Fences, the narrator portrays racism in a social system, in the workplace, and in sports, which ultimately affects Troy’s aspirations. Troy Maxson is constantly facing the racism that is engraved into the rules of racial hierarchy –– fair and unfair, spoken and unspoken. Troy suffers many years of racism when he plays in the Negro major Baseball League; therefore he decides to protect Cory from ever experiencing those blockades in his drive for success. In the end, although Troy is always driving to obtain agency, Troy always succumbs to the rules of racism because those racist ideologies are too hard to overcome. Throughout the play, Troy is perpetually confronting the racist social system that displays unspoken
Introduction 1. Picture this, a person who is scared to do everyday action because of a negative racial stereotype placed upon themselves. a. A member of my family who will remain nameless, but we shall call James. For a majority of James 's life he was happy until a certain event changed his perspective on life forever. His father was beaten to death for the way he looked.
When the experiment [of hiring blacks] was actually tried, however, the typical result was ‘no discernible difference in productivity’ between blacks and whites” (Wright 772). Even with the impact that the Civil Rights Act had, however, it did not create a post-racial society. “Title VII prohibits discrimination by race
The outcome of Tom Robinson’s trial was most certainly unfair and based on the racism in Maycomb. There was a plethora of evidence that he was not guilty in any way. There were marks of two hands’ fingers around Mayella Ewell’s neck, bruises that were mostly concentrated on the right side of her face (meaning that the attacker would be left handed as Bob Ewell was, and Tom had a crippled left arm), and the changing stories told by the each of the Ewells. As Atticus, the man defending Tom, makes his closing statement, he remarks on all of the evidence against the Ewells, and states that if Thomas Jefferson was correct, all men are equal; so, Tom Robinson should be parallel to Robert E. Lee Ewell, especially in the court. When the verdict is
On March 25, Alabama police arrested nine black men who were charged with raping two white women. Their names were Olen Montgomery, Clarence Norris, Haywood Patterson, Ozie Powell, Willie Roberson, Charlie Weems, Eugene Williams, and Andrew Wright. All nine of these men are said to have raped two women on a train going through Jackson County in northeastern Alabama. During their trial, they got the name the, “Scottsboro boys”. The men all denied ever seeing the two women on the train, but an all-white jury found them guilty and eight of the nine boys were sentenced to death.
“If there’s just one kind of folks, why can they get along with each other? If they’re all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other” (Lee 304). This quote is one of the most significant ones in Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird because it is referring to the human race and how we are all practically the same, and yet people persecute one another because of racism. In the town of Maycomb, Alabama, one thing most people have in common is racism.